Kayaking in Spring Bay on Orcas Island

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I couldn’t have asked for glassier water in Spring Bay on Orcas Isalnd

Kayaking on Orcas Island

This summer I finally visited Ocras Island. You are probably asking the same question I am, “Why did it take me ten years to get here?” One of my island adventures was kayaking with Spring Bay Kayak Tours. It’s a little off the beaten track, but the setting and knowledgeable guide, Sandy Playa, were amazing.

Read more at, “Spring Bay Kayaking” at The Crossing Guide

SUVA―Back Where She Belongs in Coupeville

Suva Coupeville

Suva weights 27 tons and a speed of 8 knots.

Back Where She Belongs

The 1925 schooner SUVA has has a new life in Coupeville as the town’s heritage vessel. Sails and dockside tours are available by donation through October. A day out on Penn Cove in this staysail schooner is a great way to relax and let the worries of life on shore drift away.

Read more at, “SVUA–Back Home and Sailing in Coupeville” at Whidbey Life Magazine.

Rockin’ Through Deception Pass #travel #Washington

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Deception Pass State Park is Washington State’s most visited park. Why? Everything about it is dramatic. The  mind-blowing views. The bridge with its 180 foot drop to the currents below. Its many hiking trails. And, the one of the most thrilling ways to experience the pass―a jet boat ride through the 8 knot currents with Deception Pass Tours. On the ride you’ll discover history, wildlife and most importantly enjoy a rockin’ high speed cruise through the pass.

Read more at, “Deception Pass Tours Wild Ride,” at The Crossing Guide.

A Evening At Sea on the Schooner Zodiac

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“Yo Ho Ho, A Sailor’s Life for Me”

Want a dreamy evening on Bellingham Bay in an historic 160 foot pilot schooner? Look no further than the ZodiacThey have day sails, evening sails, dinner cruises and overnight trips.

Read more at “A Sailor’s Life on the Schooner Zodiac” at The Crossing Guide.

Saturdays at the Anacortes Farmers Market #travel

Mushrooms Local Harvest at the Saturday Anacortes Farmers Market

One of my favorite summertime activities is to bike down to the Anacortes Farmers Market and buy my veggies for the week. If you are looking for more than veggies, they’ve got plenty to choose from like grass-fed meat, fresh caught fish, hand-crafted cheeses, warm biscuits and so much more. They’ve even got a fix-it booth.

Read more at “Discover the Heart of the Community” at the Anacortes Scene.

Experience a Family Run Farm at 3 Sisters “Farm Day”


Pigs at 3 Sisters Family Farm

Have you ever wanted to see a working farm? Or learn how a sustainable farm operates? Maybe even try a juicy 3 Sisters burger? July 18th is your chance. 3 Sisters Family Farm is hosting “Farm Day” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free with goodies and products for purchase.

Read more at “Cows and Pigs and Sheep—oh my! It’s “Farm Day” at 3 Sisters Family Farm on Saturday, July 18” at Whidbey Island Magazine.

Glamp on Orcas Island

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Wanderlust Camps on Orcas Island

Want to camp in Moran State Park, but dread packing all your camping gear? Never fear Wanderlust Camps is here! There’s no need to set up or tear down and you get to sleep on a cushy queen bed. That means more time for hiking and exploring.

Read more at “Wanderlust Camps: Glamping on Orcas Island” at The Crossing Guide.

Hike Fidalgo Island

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View from Juniper Point at Washington Park

Fidalgo Island has over 50 miles of multiple use trails in 2,800 acres of forests, meadows, wetlands and lakes. Trails take hikers to spectacular viewpoints and through lush forests. Added bonus, no Discovery Pass required for Anacortes Forest Lands!  With hikes at all levels and lengths it’s easy to choose a route and find your favorite Fidalgo Island hike.

Read more at “Find a Favorite Fidalgo Island Hike” at the Anacortes Scene.

A Night at the Swinomish Casino & Lodge

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Bayside Room View

The setting of the Swinomish Casino & Lodge is more than picturesque. Sitting at the mouth of the Swinomish Channel on Fidalgo Island it has views of lush farm fields, snow sprinkled mountains, bountiful waters and dark green islands. Dine at 13moons, cozy up next to the giant fireplace on the outside patio, play the slot machines, or relax in your room with a gorgeous view. Almost equal distance away are Burlington, Mount Vernon, La Conner, Anacortes and Deception Pass which makes it an ideal destination to spend a few days and tour the local attractions.

Read more at, “Swinomish Casino & Lodge,” at The Crossing Guide.